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University spin-off offers cooperation on valorization of lignin-rich output streams to companies related to biorefinery, chemistry or pulp and paper industries

Country of Origin: Germany
Reference Number: TODE20210316001
Publication Date: 31 March 2021

Summary

A Northern-German spin-off company offers technical cooperation agreements on valorization of lignin-rich biomass side streams or lignin intermediate output streams. Biorefineries, companies dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry and energy or pulp and paper industries can benefit from cooperation by receiving high-quality lignin and contacts for high-value applications.

Description

The idea of circular economy is gaining ground, based among others on the principle of closing loops of material flows and turning waste into useful resources. Many industries are investigating innovative ideas how to valorize their output streams. Output streams of biorefineries, companies dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry and energy or pulp and paper industries contain the biopolymer lignin, which can be further used for high-value applications. As a biobased and biodegradable polymer from non-food sources, lignin is an ideal and affordable solution to replace fossil sources and thus a natural alternative to non-sustainable ingredients still used in industries such as cosmetics, food, composites or bio fabrics.

A spin-off of a Northern German University is an ideal partner for technological cooperation to receive high-quality lignin from output streams and to look for high-value applications. The company's work is based on experts know-how gained in years of university research and a proprietary technology to tailor lignin particles of specific particle size and porosity to create diverse valuable materials and intermediary products. The company understands itself as a link between the industries with lignin-rich output streams and the processing industries in the materials and life sciences sector, that can use lignin as a resource within their products. In addition the company starts own production of lignin-based product lines in 2021.

In order to broaden its lignin portfolio, the company is looking for cooperation partners with significant suitable output streams. These can be lignin-rich biomass side streams or novel lignin intermediates. Ideal partners are e.g. biorefineries, companies dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry and energy or pulp and paper industries.

Technical cooperation agreements are offered: The company will contribute experts knowledge to support partners with valorization of output streams in order to receive high-quality lignin. Depending on specific needs and negotiations this may include downstream processing, analytics, lignin particle engineering, feasibility studies and prototyping. In a second step, depending on the type, quality and amount of material flow, the company can either support to establish contacts to suitable application partners or a long-term cooperation for lignin offtake for its own production of lignin based products could be negotiated.

Advantages and Innovations

- Valorization of output-streams
- Contribution to sustainable development and circular material flows
- Lignin has many possibilities for high-value applications as it can be considered a natural high performance additive with unique features as mechanical reinforcement, UV protection and antioxidation properties.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

Type: Companies with lignin-rich biomass streams or outputs containing lignin intermediates. This could e.g. be biorefineries, companies dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry and energy or pulp and paper industries.

Role: Within a technical cooperation agreement the partners will contribute samples of their output streams, which the German spin-off company will analyse and further use to design high-quality lignin particles and assess high-value application opportunities.

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